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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
A decade has passed since the Western Gazette invited the Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) to run the very popular Christmas Mini-Saga writing competition.
This year the chosen theme is:- PASSING
This word will give you plenty of scope for your imagination to weave a story of just 50 words. There are a full range of interpretations of the word PASSING that could feature in this Mini-Saga. Here are some suggestions …
What might you see as you are passing by? You could be watching your children learning to ride a bike or partaking in school sports matches. You might be remembering village fêtes, or Coronation Day races. Recently there have been street parties and games to celebrate Royal occasions; did you join in the fun or see a procession passing by?
You may have been a spectator at Wembley, Wimbledon, or Twickenham, or even seen expert passing at the local football and rugby matches. Passing the baton in a relay race may inspire your writing. There are endless sporting possibilities.
The pressure of passing an exam or not. Time passing, fleeting moments and meetings, short-lived affaires, transient seasons and life spans in nature, or passing over and passing away. Then there is the old saying ‘passing the buck’! These suggestions will get the ideas stirring, surely!
A Mini-Saga is a short story of 50 words (exactly). In addition to the 50 words, the title can be up to 17 words.
For example: (The title) The politician’s advice to get on their bikes echoed loudly around the empty factories. Tom listened. (16 words).
He rode away, bumping over cobbles, remembering as a child his father running alongside, telling him balance was everything. In London, Tom struck gold, married ‘up’, sent his children to boarding school. They never learned to ride bikes because their father forgot about balance, and the need to run alongside. (50 words).
All entries must be received by Wednesday 17 December accompanied by the entry form. The form will be printed in the Western Gazette for three weeks prior to the deadline.
The winners will be selected by the YCAA. They will pick five winners who will each receive a £25 book token, and their Mini-Saga will be published in the Western Gazette on Thursday 8 January 2015, together with the five runners up entries.
Entry Form can be found in the Western Gazette